September 10, 2001
$1.5 million grant sends
CSUS tutors to North Sacramento
Intent on improving academic performance
and getting children on a path to college, California State
University, Sacramento and North Sacramento School District
have started a tutoring program at each of the district's
schools. It is run by 80 CSUS students.
The new program, a part of AmeriCorps, builds upon a long
relationship between CSUS teacher education programs and the
district. It is funded through a three-year, $1.5 million
grant from the Governor's Office and the state Department
CSUS students, many of whom plan to be teachers, will complete
intense classes on remedial reading. They will then work 12
hours a week providing reading tutoring this fall and math
tutoring in the spring. They will also help with homework
and lead enrichment programs in art, drama and physical education.
North Sacramento schools have a large number of students from
underprivileged backgrounds, and many students for whom English
is a second language. In standards testing, the district is
well below average.
"There should definitely be some very strong results
from this effort," says Noreen Kellough, a CSUS professor
of teacher education who directs the program. "Our goal
is clear: Help these kids raise their academic performance."
Others involved with the program are CSUS teacher education
professors Pamela O'Kane and Jennifer Rodden. CSUS child development
professor Karen Horobin and Kellough wrote the grant.
CSUS student tutors are currently being sought for the program.
As a part of AmeriCorps, the students will be paid a cost
of living allowance of $10 an hour and receive an educational
grant of nearly $1,200 upon completing 450 hours.
More information is available by contacting Noreen Kellough
at (916) 278-4735. Media assistance is available by contacting
the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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